Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Topic: Selection of Children’s Books for Institutional Libraries – Is it quality-based?
Date: 27th February 2012, 3.30 pm
Venue: Pragati Maidan, Entrance from Gates 6 and 7
Hall : Children’s Pavilion at Hall No. 14
Do you recognize that feeling that you get after having solved a mathematical problem? I loved that feeling. But this was long after I thought 'a' square + 'b' square was equal to a gigantic square and an 'acute' angle was a way of calling an angle cute.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared the year 2012 as 'National Mathematical Year' as a tribute to the maths genius Ramanujam.
I caught up with our in-house maths enthusiast and author of the 'Happy Maths' series, Mala Kumar, for a quick Q & A session.
- What inspired you to write the 'Happy Maths' series and tell us more about the series?
During the recreational maths workshops that I used to conduct in schools, most students seemed to enjoy the sessions as much as I did! The Pratham Books team felt there was value in recording at least some of those ideas in the form of books. And that's how the series happened. The books are more like storybooks than quiz and brain teaser books, and touch on some concepts that seem simple but are quite ambiguous to most of us. Children can enjoy solving problems whether they believe themselves to be good or bad at the subject. The books have very cheerful illustrations by Angie and Upesh, and that definitely makes things so much easier to understand.
- Was mathematics your favourite subject?
Yes, not because I was good at it, but because maths homework took less time than say, history homework, and allowed me to play outside for longer.
- Do you still enjoy solving problems? How often do you challenge your brain?
I enjoy solving problems. That does not necessarily mean I am good at solving them! I write an anonymous newspaper column for children that requires me to challenge my brain 'mathmatically' at least once a week.
- As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rightly put it, many often think that pursuing mathematics or even pure science subjects might not lead to an attractive career. Your thoughts?
That is purely subjective, pardon the pun. Careers need to be decided by people who are going to take them up, based on their interests and capabilities. Maths can lead to many interesting careers... one can become a space scientist or even the prime minister of a country!
Okay, now if you are inspired, try solving these! ;-) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsolved_problems_in_mathematics
Peas please :-)
Suraj J Menon
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Here are some pictures from each of the sessions :
Click here to read the stories sent in by all the Pratham Books Champions.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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We are extremely excited to be collaborating with LitWorld to celebrate World Read Aloud Day!
When is World Read Aloud Day? 7th March 2012
Take Action for Global Literacy, Celebrate the Power of Words, Change the World.
Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate.
Imagine a world where everyone can read...
World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.
By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Via an email sent by Deepa Kiran
Via an email sent by Rangashankara
Registrations begin on 10 Mar '12 at Ranga Shankara. Payment by cash or cheque only. Age proof mandatory.
A limited quota is allocated through e-mail. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org from 10 AM on 10 Mar '12 onwards, clearly indicating the workshop, age group and the batch you wish to register for. Conditions apply.
Click here to download the schedule.
Image Source : Rangashankara
Monday, February 20, 2012
Cowbird is a small community of storytellers, focused on a deeper, longer-lasting, more personal kind of storytelling than you’re likely to find anywhere else on the Web.
Cowbird allows you to keep a beautiful audio-visual diary of your life, and to collaborate with others in documenting the overarching “sagas” that shape our world today. Sagas are themes and events that touch millions of lives and shape the human story.
Our short-term goal is to pioneer a new form of participatory journalism, grounded in the simple human stories behind major news events. Our long-term goal is to build a public library of human experience, so the knowledge and wisdom we accumulate as individuals may live on as part of the the commons, available for this and future generations to look to for guidance.
Simply put, Cowbird is a place where you can go to tell a story that you think is worth sharing with a wider community of lovers of good stories. The idea is for people to tell short location-tagged stories based on their own experience using text, photos and sound or a mix thereof. The more personal and authentic your story, the more it will resonate with the still relatively small Cowbird community.Read the entire article here.
Visit the Cowbird website
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Thank you Pearson for helping us on our journey of 'a book in every child's hand'!
Here's how ...
Steps to spread the joy of reading :
- Read through the profiles
- Choose an organization you want to donate books to
- Find books that may be lying around in your house which can be donated to the organization. Check if these books match the requirements of the books needed by the organizations
- If you don't have books, you can buy books online and have them shipped to the organization directly. Here are some of the websites of Indian publishers : Pratham Books, Tara Books, Karadi Tales, Katha, Eklavya, Zubaan, Tulika Books. Or you pick an assortment of children's books from Flipkart.
- Send the books to the organization with a huge dose of love!
- Spread the word by sharing this post and get more people to learn about these wonderful organizations.
Note : All the information has been provided by the organizations themselves. Please contact the organizations for more details about their work.
The dream is to make every single child in Sewri fall in love with imagination, words and worlds beyond us. Be a part of this kaleidoscopic journey.
- access to storybooks and,
- skills to face challenges in their lives
Ages: 3–5, Language: English and Kannada : Picture books, including board books, concept books (teaching an alphabet or counting), pattern books, and wordless books
Ages: 5–7, Language: English and Kannada : Early Reader Books
Ages: 7–11, Language: English and Kannada : Chapter books
a possibility to empower children and to create a wonderful future for them to take on challenges in life, this group was instituted. We have been working with 2 government schools - Puttenahalli Government school and Gottigere Government School. We provide scholarships and have executed numerous projects at these schools (examples: CHIGURU Scholarships, Examination Stationery kits, First Aid Kit, Library augmentation, Educational Aids, School Day celebrations, Educational trips).
Books needed : For 3-12yrs bi lingual (English- Hindi, English-Marathi)
Shipping address : Bookworm, C/17, 266, Santissmo Vaddo, (Near St. Michael Church), Taleigao.